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By Peter Calcara

PICPA Vice President - Government Relations

  • Pa. General Assembly Gives Dept. of Revenue Authority to Extend Filing and Payment Deadlines

    The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed House Bill 1232, which amends the Fiscal Code and temporarily authorizes the Department of Revenue to extend tax filing and payment deadlines. The PICPA has spoken with state legislators about the need for consistency across taxing bodies and levels, and this legislation provides much needed clarification.
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  • Pa. Property Tax Reform: For Real This Time?

    Most public policy issues get addressed in some form or fashion, while others never seem to get resolved. Pennsylvania school property tax reform is one of those issues that hangs around year after year. Believe it or not, progress is being made on this front.
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  • Pa. CPA Law: PICPA Working on Enhancements

    The PICPA is seeking amendments to the Pennsylvania CPA Law that will enable CPAs to better meet the needs of an evolving industry. House Bill 2288 will codify the professional conduct standards and expand the scope of education applicable to an accounting degree, among other adjustments.
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  • Dues Tax Meeting with DOR Provides Clarity, Guidance

    The PICPA and the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue met to discuss DOR’s Sales and Use Tax Letter Ruling 20-001, which spoke on the taxability of professional association membership fees. The discussion provided much needed clarity.
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  • Pennsylvania Opens Door to Taxing Membership Fees

    On Jan. 31, 2020, the Pa. Department of Revenue issued Sales and Use Tax Letter Ruling No. SUT-20-001, which states that if membership fees include the transfer of taxable property in addition to nontaxable services, the entire membership charge is subject to tax. This presents a host of issues for the PICPA and other membership communities.
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  • Ever Receive a Dated Tax Notice from the Pa. DOR? Act 90 of 2019 Establishes a 10-Year Collection Window

    House Bill 17, now Act 90 of 2019, was the culmination of more than a year’s work over two legislative sessions of the General Assembly by the PICPA and its friends in the legislature. Find out how difficult this advocacy process can be.
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  • Expungement in Pa.: Clear a Minor Infraction from Your CPA Record

    Act 6 of 2018 gives the commissioner of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA) the authority to expunge the disciplinary records of licensees under BPOA’s jurisdiction. But what does that mean exactly for CPAs in the state?
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  • Occupational Licensing Reform Needs a Guard Against Mishap

    State lawmakers across the country are removing barriers to a person’s right to work in numerous occupations and professions. Some have taken the path of outright elimination of state licensing. The PICPA is taking an active role in protecting the CPA designation so the profession will not be caught flatfooted should similar legislation be brought up for a vote in Pennsylvania.
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  • Pa. General Assembly Set to Return to Harrisburg

    Events in the Pennsylvania capital this summer have mostly consisted of a few public policy hearings, gubernatorial press conferences, and a handful of rallies. But one bill in particular was proposed that deserves our members’ attention: it focuses on property tax.
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  • Advocacy Never Rests: PICPA Works Behind the Scenes in Quiet Harrisburg

    A quiet Harrisburg isn’t a license to stop advocating on behalf of the CPA profession. On the contrary, the quiet offers excellent opportunities. The PICPA government relations team is hard at work with key lawmakers, staff, and various state agencies on our fall session agenda.
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  • Pennsylvania Spending Plan Beats July 1 Deadline

    A $33.9 billion Pennsylvania state budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year has made its way to Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk with time to spare before the deadline. Find out who the winners were this budget season.
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  • Final Countdown to the 2019-2020 State Budget

    There is a chance, it seems, that Pennsylvania actually will have a budget in place before the end of the fiscal year on June 30. It’s hard to believe if you've ever followed state budget negotiations, but it could happen.
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  • Harrisburg Heats Up: Tax Bills on the Move

    The 2019-2020 Pennsylvania General Assembly committees are beginning to kick out legislation for consideration by the full House and Senate. Of the hundreds of bills already introduced, the PICPA is actively following more than two dozen.
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  • Your License Is Under Attack

    Public accounting is built upon a legal and regulatory foundation that governs its members and their conduct. This well-established system that bolsters CPA professional integrity is under attack in many state legislatures.
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  • Wolf Presents Pennsylvania Spending Plan to Some Praise

    On Feb. 5, 2019, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf presented his fifth state budget to a joint session of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Once again, a cornerstone of his budget is increased funding for education.
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  • New Year Brings Hope, Optimism to Harrisburg

    The 203rd Pennsylvania General Assembly—one of the oldest state legislative bodies in the nation—convened on New Year’s Day to kick off the 2019-2020 legislative session. Swearing-in day is filled with much ceremony, and it brings a sense of renewed optimism for bipartisanship and moving the Commonwealth forward.
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  • State Lawmakers Elect Leadership Teams for 2019-2020 Session

    Pennsylvania voters may have gone to the polls on Nov. 6, but there was another recent election that went mostly unnoticed outside of Harrisburg. Last week, state lawmakers elected who will lead their respective caucuses for the next legislative session.
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  • Inside the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue

    On Oct. 24, the PICPA will meet with the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue and broadcast it live. Hear what you can expect out of the presentation from Jeff Spengler, CPA, chair of PICPA's State Taxation Committee.
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  • Ready or Not, Pennsylvania Tax Reform Debate Is Coming

    Most CPAs' eyes have understandably been on the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, so it may come as a surprise to many PICPA members that Pennsylvania tax reform efforts are under way in Harrisburg.
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  • Summer Pause a Prelude to Fall PICPA Advocacy Fights

    While the pace of legislative activity may have slowed in Pennsylvania this summer, the PICPA government relations team continues to plow ahead on a couple critical issues that we want to get on the General Assembly’s fall calendar.
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